Spring is in the air here in Mississippi and I couldn’t be happier! The doldrums of winter are thankfully tucking themselves away in exchange for blooming tulips and budding trees. I had my windows wide open all day today as the Crew played themselves out in the warm air for much of the afternoon. And even though I’m not a fan of “spring forward” on the first morning that it’s active, I’m always happy when the evening takes it sweet old time before giving way to the stars.
We’ve had a busy weekend. It started by having dinner with some out of town family on Friday night that buzzed up from the coast to see us. We were able to take them over to the house that we will soon be living in to show them around. We are so excited to move in! Only 2 more weeks! Although, I have got to say that apartment living is nowhere near as hard as I thought it might be with a family of our size. It’s actually been kind of nice.
We woke up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning to head over to Alabama where we met my sweet, sweet brother and his precious family (they live in South Carolina) to help my mom move into a home that’s closer to her church and work. We had such a great time together. After we all worked hard unloading the moving truck, the guys and Nana went to return it and go to Lowes for some odds and ends while all of the girls got busy unpacking the essentials. It was so sweet to have my neices and my daughter all pitch in to set up the kitchen for their grandmother. The beauty of it didn’t fall on me unnoticed. Family. It’s where it all comes back to in the end. It’s what matters most despite all of the dysfunction (and believe me, I’ve got some authority here) because God himself gave us to each other.
After a nice dinner at a yummy barbeque place, we were back on the road to Mississippi where we all fell into bed only to be awoken by an alarm clock that was obnoxiously squawking one hour too early. Bring on the Sunday. I’m not going to lie, it was tempting to turn on the t.v. and just “watch worship” today, but I just knew I’d regret it later, so I cajoled the reluctant Crew out of their beds and in about 45 minutes we were sitting in the van.
I love our new little church. I really need to say that. God has blessed us so much with a caring, wonderful, and loving church family already and it just fills my heart with joy. We seemed to simply walk right into this place and it felt like home. So many people are just expecting to help when we move because that’s what they do. We didn’t even have to ask. And I love it. We love it. God is so good. We went out to eat at a local Mexican place with some of our friends right after the service and had such a great time of relaxed fellowship on this Sabbath. Christ’s family. It’s also what matters most. Despite the dysfunction (and I’ve got some authority to speak here, too) God gave himself for each of us. And it’s important to him that we do all that we can to love each other.
Well, now that the Crew is back in and all cleaned up, and I can hardly type two words without hearing “mama!”, I suppose I should wrap up this post. This week is Spring Break for so many in our area, but not us! It’s not a big deal though, because we’ll be taking some time off during the move so “it’ll all come out in the wash” as my Grandma used to say. Haha!!
Hope all of you had a nice weekend, too.